September 29th, 2008

Vampire Bush

Some Timely Heinlein Quotes And An Olbermann Video

"People who go broke in a big way never miss any meals. It is the poor jerk who is shy a half slug who must tighten his belt." (Lazarus Long in Time Enough For Love)

There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back. (Dr Pinero in Lifeline)

"The phrase "we (I) (you) simply must —" designates some thing that need not be done. "That goes without saying" is a red warning. "Of course" means you had best check it yourself. These small-change clichés and others like them, when read correctly, are reliable channel markers." (Lazarus Long in Time Enough For Love)

Here's a video to watch. Apparently it's from November 2007. It's Keith Olbermann interviewing Naomi Klein who wrote a book called The Shock Doctrine. In the interview, Ms Klein warns that the next "shock" in the US may well be financial.

Space Cadet

Nature, Red In Tooth And Claw


Eggs, Baby Bugs And A Wasp

In this picture, in addition to the orange bugs and the eggs they hatched out of, there are two tiny wasps, a black one (recently emerged) and a white one just emerging from an egg at the top left. (It will darken soon). They are probably parasitic wasps emerging from parasitized egg cases. The wasps go through their larval and pupal stages in the egg case and then emerge as fully grown (albeit tiny) adult wasps. While in their larval stage, the wasp larva get their food from the egg's original inhabitant.

When I took the top photograph I didn't see the wasps and I thought that the orange bug larva were just a different kind of egg.

The next day I looked at the leaf and found a nymph, possibly a lacewing nymph, sitting on the top end of the leaf eating something. I was taking some photographs of it when I bumped the branch and the nymph dropped its food. I felt bad, but it turned out the nymph didn't mind. It scooted down the leaf, grabbed another bug, dragged it back to the top of the leaf and began chowing down. Meanwhile, back at the egg cases, the other bugs sat together in happy oblivion.

The Claw

This incident reminded me of a song from a Buzz Lightyear CD that we got in a box of cereal a few years ago. It was written from the perspective of some toys in a grappling game. The song is an amazing commentary on religion and death. It's called...

The Claw

Who is it that lifts us to the sky?
The Claw, The Claw, The Claw
Who doesn't care if we have three eyes?
He picks you right up and then you'll rise
What a surprise!
Well it's The Claw, The Claw, The Claw

There's nothing quite as glorious
That makes you more notorious
Than to be chosen, yes
To be chosen by The Claw

Who chooses now if well stay or go?
The Claw, The Claw, The Claw
Who doesn't care if we have no nose?
And little round bodies with no toes
Well here I go! (whadda you know!)
Yes, he is chosen by The Claw

It's really so mysterious
It makes you quite delirious
When you are chosen
Yes, you are chosen by The Claw
The Claw, The Claw, The Claw